When Roy Keane sparked out Gabriel Heinze at Manchester United

Roy Keane was renowned for his fiery temper at Manchester United.

The club’s former captain was a born leader, but sometimes overstepped the mark when the red mist descended, like when he wiped out Alf-Inge Haaland with an atrocious tackle in the Manchester derby.

And it turns out that it wasn’t only the opposition players who needed to be wary of Keano.

Former team-mate and Old Trafford favourite Gabriel Heinze revealed that he was on the wrong end of one of the Republic of Ireland midfielder’s infamous rants.

After a defeat by Middlesbrough in 2004, Heinze claimed that Keane told him to “f*** off” and the Argentine answered back.

“We lost a game and I went in the dressing room first and Roy Keane was second. I liked to go first after the game; I didn’t want to speak to anyone as we lost,” Heinze said in an interview with Argentine TV show Pura Quimica.

“I didn’t understand English, just the bad words. I heard my name and “f*** off” by Roy Keane, the best player.

“I knew that was bad so I stood up to him, this idol of Manchester, this great guy who everyone loved, and replied: “F*** off, you”. I don’t remember what happened next.”

During the interview, Heinze was asked if his memory loss was down to being knocked out by Keane, to which he replied: “Yes, yes.”

After the arrival of Patrice Evra at United, Heinze saw his first-team opportunities limited. He was eventually sold to Real Madrid in 2007, after a botched move to Liverpool.

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